Chion

Papillon Chihuahua Hybrid Dogs, Papihuahua, Chi-a-Pap, Pap-Chi

Family: Canidae Chion or Papihuahua Picture"Maddox"Canis lupus familiarisPhoto © Animal-World: Courtesy Arlene Salas
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We got our PapiChi or Chion about five years ago. Still seems like just yesterday. When we called the ad in our local paper the lady selling him said he had... (more)  Nicole

  The adorable Chion is a small and delicate little dog. Like it's parentage this is a lively little dog that is quite loveable.

The Chion is a mixed dog breed, a cross between the Chihuahua and the Papillon. Chions may have any combination of traits from its parentage, but there are some things that you can be relatively sure about. Both the Chihuahua and the Papillon are charming dogs that are active yet affectionate. They are also quite intelligent. When selecting a Chion, look for eye, gum and joint problems.


  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Mammalia
  • Order: Carnivora
  • Family: Canidae
  • Genus: Canis
  • Species: lupus familiaris

Common Name(s) Chion, Papihuahua, Chi-a-Pap, Pap-Chi

Breed Type The Chion is a mixed breed. A cross between the Chihuahua and the Papillon, this is a lively and loveable hybrid.

Background The Chion is a somewhat rare hybrid, and there is little reliable information about its origins. Most Chions are the result of first generation crossbreeding.

Description Chions are small dogs, usually with long or medium length coats. They come in a variety of colors and have large, erect ears. Height and weight vary, but are less than 11 inches and 10 pound, respectively.

Care and Feeding Both Chihuahuas and Papillons thrive on a diet that includes poultry, so it's safe to assume that Chions will do well on such a diet as well. Gentle brushing is the most important step in maintaining a Chion's coat. Nails should be trimmed regularly, and baths given as needed.
Chions need regular checkups to stay healthy. Vaccinations are due as follows:

  • 6-8 weeks: Distemper, Leptospirosis, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, Parvo, and Corona virus (DHLPPC)
  • 10-12 weeks: Second DHLPPC
  • 14-16 weeks: Third DHLPPC and rabies
  • Annually: DHLPPC and rabies booster

Chions are average shedders. Regular vacuuming of the carpet and furniture is essential.

Housing Your Dog Chions are indoor dogs. Some bark excessively, so they may not be the best choice if you live in an apartment.

Social Behaviors Chions are too small and delicate to be handled by young or rambunctious children. They may not like strangers, and they tend to be aggressive toward other dogs. But with proper socialization, they may get along with other pets.

Handling and Training Chions may be easy to train, or they may be rather headstrong. They are usually very smart, though, and can learn lots of things from a firm and patient trainer.

Activities Chions are active, and they need daily walks and play sessions to stay healthy. They enjoy playing off-leash outdoors when weather permits.

Breeding/Reproduction Chions are often bred back to Chihuahuas or Papillons. When selecting a mate for your Chion, check for gum and joint problems.

Common Health Problems Chions may have a fontanel, or soft spot in the skull. Care must be taken to protect this sensitive area from injury. This breed may also be prone to colds.

Availability Chions can be difficult to find in many areas. Prices vary.

References "Chion", Dog Breed Info Center, Copyright 1998-2008
"Chihuahua", Dog Breed Info Center, Copyright 1998-2008
"Papillon", Dog Breed Info Center, Copyright 1998-2008
Cusick, William D., "What to Feed a Chihuahua", Referenced online, 2008
Cusick, William D., "What to Feed a Papillon", Referenced online, 2008

Lastest Animal Stories on Chion

Nicole - 2014-07-28
We got our PapiChi or Chion about five years ago. Still seems like just yesterday. When we called the ad in our local paper the lady selling him said he had freakishly big ears. But she forgot to mention how cute and soft they were! Lol. We got him from a breeder that lived on a farm. He was a litter of two, him and his sister. He had been kept in the chicken coup in her barn all alone. When we got him he had some sort of ear infection, but it was an easy fix. He seemed so timid and lethargic. And a little scared. But didn't nip or bark. He slept the whole car ride home and when we got home he was like a brand new dog. Running and wanted to play. It has been fun and cute watching him grow up. Discovering his own bark and the stairs. And his allergies to certain vaccinations. Due to my mom's lack of discipline, though, he has become a bit of a liability. He is very skittish of strangers outside the home and even worse inside. He howls constantly unless he is being held. Lately it's gotten worse. He used to just lunge after people walking away and wouldn't do anything else, but a few times he's actually gotten their pant leg. He even bit my dad awhile back, but I have to admit my dad had it coming. He was kind of intimidating the dog. He has been extremely good with potty training though. And he has learned lots of words, knows how to sit and shake and the word off. I'd say he's been a pretty good purchase for $100 bucks. But make sure like it says to start early in their discipline and keep on it throughout their life or you will definitely wind up with a dog like ours.

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A Jodoin - 2014-02-06
I rescued my chion from the SPCA when he was eight months old. His previous owners decided he was 'untrainable' after abusing him. He is now 18 months and the best dog I've ever had. Within a month he was fully pad-trained, walks without a leash, hardly barks. He is the sweetest, most spoiled little puppy I've met and my favourite cuddler. However, due to his past, he is terrified of most men and all strangers. He also has serious abandonment issues and cries when left alone. A dog, especially a small one, needs a lot of time and love. Please don't get a chion if you don't plan to treat it with the sweet caring heart that he/she will treat you with.

  • Mandy - 2014-02-09
    Hi I just adopted a female dog. That appears to be a long haired chihuahua. But I suspect she may have some papillion cause her ears are more angles than straight like a chihuahua. My email is mandiluv23@gmail.com I can email pictures of her I just would like to know if I have one of these wonderful babies also. She weighs about 10 lbs but is a little overweight.
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Pattie - 2013-11-03
I bought my Chion, Cozmo-Tiny a year ago for 100 dollars. Best money I ever spent. She was trained to go outside in 2 months. She has never had a bad day or been aggressive with other animals, people or children. I take her to my work where I am a teacher and she walks around my room greeting all the students. I plan on training her to become a therapy dog as she has a lot to offer. Wonderful animal, kind, caring, loving and smart!

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luke - 2014-07-16
We got our Chion from our local hs a few years ago..on her form they stated she was untrainable and barked a lot...but two years later she is the sweetest dog I have ever had, she is sweet, loving, and she loves people. Ironically, she is attatched to both my fiancee and I. The only little quirk is that she is picky about food, but otherwise easy to train. Potty training was a little work, but she hasn't had an accident in a while. And she is the BIGGEST baby I have had. She loves attention and knows how to get our attention in varying creative ways. She is hands down the best dog I have ever had.

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Paula Lowe - 2014-07-11


We lucked out and new a friend that needed to get rid of some puppies. What a blessing. Couldnt ask for a sweeter, smarter dog. Professor Fiona Bacon. We love our Chion.

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Eileen Kaminski - 2014-02-25
I lost my Doxie, a rescue, after 13 years, to cancer and thought I would never get another dog....wrong! 3 months later my granddaughter made me go to the local KILL shelter, 'just to look at the dogs' and we came away with what turned out to be a Chion. He was on 'special', it was his last day before euthanasia and since I am a senior I only paid $25 for him. OMG! He won my heart immediately. It's now been 6 months and I can't believe how much joy he has brought to me....and my granddaughter, of course!

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